Priory Kinsley Autism Services

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About this location

Kinsley Autism Services is located in Kinsley Village, near Hemsworth, and around 20 minutes from Wakefield. It is a specialist day care service for adult males and females who are autistic.

Our team are committed to providing support to empower and encourage individuals to develop their self-esteem, and the skills they need to live as independently as possible and to accomplish their goals. We want to help each person we care for to take control of their lives, and where possible, work towards a level of independence which fits with their skills, confidence and aspirations.

The people we support all have primary supports needs associated with them being on the autism spectrum. We can also support people with mild to moderate behaviours that may challenge.

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Kinsley Autism Services Wakefield Road Kinsley Pontefract WF9 5BP

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Kinsley Autism Services is set in a large, purpose-built day centre. The building has lots of space and offers a relaxed environment. It is a single storey building, ensuring it is accessible for people in wheelchairs.

Off the main lounge and dining room, there are four smaller rooms, including a computer area for people to use, a sensory room and an arts and crafts room.

In summary, we also offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Quiet room
  • Activities room
  • Arts and crafts room

We also have a garden with:

  • A patio
  • Wheelchair access

We also have specialised equipment on-site, such as sensory lighting.

Our approach to support

Everybody who is supported at Kinsley has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such shopping, cooking, doing laundry and cleaning tasks.

Our support approaches at Kinsley include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • 1:1 support
  • 2:1 support with activities

In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ to support the people who use our service, to achieve their goals.


Everyone who is supported at Kinsley has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities on-site, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting individuals to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills. For others, this could be accessing opportunities and activities in the local community. We also organise a wide array of recreational activities, and encourage people to pursue their hobbies.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas
  • Those with active, significant self-harm risks


Here at Kinsley Autism Services, we work closely with Priory’s residential services and supported living services. Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, Priory provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Makaton training
  • Epilepsy training
  • Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS) training
  • Specialist autism training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Kinsley is on the main road between Fitzwilliam and Hemsworth, and has a number of amenities nearby including:

  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • Post office
  • Park
  • Nature reserve/national park

Transport links

Kinsley also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A local bus stop just outside the service, providing regular local services
  • A nearby train station, providing access to nearby cities Doncaster, Sheffield, and Leeds
  • Close to main roads which provide access to the M1

A message from our site leader

Kinsley Autism Services is a day centre where we encourage people to be themselves and to have a fulfilled day. All of our visitors have different abilities, but each one is unique in their own special way. We encourage everyone who uses our service to take part in a wide range of activities and to live as independently as possible. No task is too big, or too small, and every new step is a positive step

Kinsley’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

Our son love attending Kinsley Autism Services and is always eagerly awaiting the staff to pick him up on a morning. From days out, bowling, golf range, and nature walks, to arts and crafts and more. Staff even get him to help make his own lunch, and that is something we cannot get him to do at home. Attending Kinsley Autism Services is the best thing that has ever happened to our son
Family member of person supported by Kinsley Autism Services Kinsley Autism Services
We find the staff at Kinsley to be caring, committed, and consistent, and feel our son is in safe hands
Family member of person supported by Kinsley Autism Services Kinsley Autism Services

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

Kinsley Autism Services is a day service, offering support for people as part of a package of care.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. They can stay and take part in activities with their loved one if they wish to.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Yes, we strive to keep the loved ones of the people we support involved in happenings at day care. Families are regularly invited to meet with our support team and hear about what their loved one has been up to here at Kinsley. We can also arrange more regular catch-ups either in person or via telephone, to ensure families are kept informed.

Are external doors kept locked?

External doors are locked during the night, when there is no-one in the building. Everyone we support has access to outside areas.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

People can bring their own lunch with them if they would like to. There is also an on-site kitchen where snacks and light meals can be prepared, or our staff can support people to visit local cafes, pubs and restaurants.

How does laundry work?

We do not have a laundry as Kinsley is a day care service. However, people we care for can be taught laundry as part of life skills, as we have our own kitchen.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Staff are available to support people to tidy up and carry our cleaning tasks, to promote their independence.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

There are restrictions on items that might be considered dangerous or harmful and illegal items are excluded.

How do activities work?

Kinsley has an experienced staff team who work either on a one-to-one or two-to-one ratio, depending on the needs of each individual who attends our service. Those attending our day service make the most out of activities including visits to the swimming pool, watching films at the cinema, going rambling, participating in arts and crafts, learning computer skills, and working on health and fitness. Staff also support people to develop social skills, independent living and personal responsibility, which includes daily living skills.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

The staff team have a positive approach when it comes to managing the behavioural needs of our residents. They use verbal de-escalation techniques and re-direction to address any behaviours that may challenge.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Yes, we encourage families and extended support providers to be involved with the care plans. We use a variety of communication tools to work collaboratively with the person we care for to co-produce the plans so they are tailored to their needs. We value this important input from others where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

There is off-road parking.

What is the smoking policy?

There is no smoking permitted within the main communal areas. Those who access our services are free to smoke or buy cigarettes off-site.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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